Safeguarding Policies

Parish of St. Paul’s with St. Agatha’s Woldingham

Safeguarding Policy Promoting a Safer Church

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 24th January 2019

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy, our church is committed to:

  • promoting a safer environment and culture

  • safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church

  • responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

  • caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons

  • caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons

  • responding to those who may pose a present risk to others.

The parish will:

  • create a safe and caring place for all

  • have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the Incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures

  • safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse

  • ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish

  • display on church premises and on the parish website the details of whom to contact with safeguarding concerns or support needs

  • listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse

  • take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops’ guidance, including immediately notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies

  • offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred

  • care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties

  • ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually

  • review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practice at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Mrs Alison Mead and Mrs Maureen Westmarland as the Parish Safeguarding Officers.

Incumbent: The Revd. Dr.Catherine Dowland-Pillinger..

Churchwarden: Mrs Maureen Westmarland

Date: 24th January 2019


Parish of St. Paul’s with St. Agatha’s Woldingham

Parish Safeguarding Officer Role

The Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) is the key link between the Diocese and the parish(es) concerning safeguarding matters. She/he will have an overview of all church activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults and will seek to ensure the implementation of safeguarding policy. The role can be taken by one person or the role shared, for example with one person covering children and the other vulnerable adults.

The key tasks of the PSO are to:

  • have an overview of all church activities involving children and vulnerable adults and keep a record of these activities

  • be familiar with Diocesan safeguarding guidance and ensure that leaders of activities are fully aware of, and are implementing, this guidance

  • liaise with the Incumbent over safeguarding issues

  • keep in touch with the leaders of all activities and offer them advice and support over safeguarding matters

  • liaise as necessary with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA). Report all concerns or allegations against church officers to the DSA

  • attend Diocesan safeguarding training offered for PSOs

  • assist with safeguarding training in the parish as appropriate

  • attend a meeting of the church leadership (PCC) at least annually to ensure that safeguarding issues are discussed and that the church leadership adopts the annual Church Safeguarding Policy

  • ensure that the Church Safeguarding Policy and contact details are displayed on all church premises

  • keep good records of any safeguarding concerns that may arise, and ensure that others do the same

  • promote inclusiveness in places of worship and within church activities

  • keep the church leadership informed of good safeguarding practice

  • undertake a regular parish safeguarding self-assessment in the format offered by the Diocese.

Parish of St. Paul’s with St. Agatha’s Woldingham

Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse

All forms of domestic abuse are wrong and must stop. We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse

  • protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm

  • recognise equality amongst people and within relationships

  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to appropriately and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • all forms of domestic abuse cause damage to the survivor and express an imbalance of power in the relationship

  • all survivors (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

  • domestic abuse can occur in all communities

  • domestic abuse may be a single incident but is usually a systematic, repeated pattern which escalates in severity and frequency

  • domestic abuse, if witnessed or overheard by a child, is a form of abuse by the perpetrator of the abusive behaviour

  • working in partnership with children, adults and other agencies is essential in promoting the

welfare of any child or adult suffering abuse.

We will endeavour to respond to domestic abuse by:

  • in all our activities

    • valuing, listening to and respecting both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of

domestic abuse

  • in our publicity

    • raising awareness about other agencies, support services, resources and expertise, through providing information in public and women-only areas of relevance to survivors, children and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse

  • when concerns are raised

    • ensuring that those who have experienced abuse can find safety and informed help

    • working with the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into domestic

abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

  • in our care

    • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse

    • identifying and outlining the appropriate relationship of those with pastoral care responsibilities with both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

If you have any concerns or need to speak to anyone, please contact

Mrs Alison Mead 01883 652580 or Mrs Maureen Westmarland 01883 345868

DOWNLOAD COPIES OF THE SAFEGUARDING POLICIES HERE  Parish Safeguarding Policy 2019, Parish Safeguarding Officer Role 2019, Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse 2019

You can find the Diocesan Safeguarding document “A Safe Church” here.

In addition to the Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), the following Diocesan Safeguarding Officers may be contacted as follows;

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton 020 7939 9423 Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly and Louise Vernon

Marie Daly 020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295 Louise Vernon 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622

Additional information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues (local authority Children and Adults Services details & key helplines) are;

Surrey County Council Contact Numbers

Adult Social Care – 0300 200 1005 (8am-6pm weekdays)

Children’s Social Care – 0300 200 1006 (8am-6pm weekdays)

Adult and Children’s Out of hours Social Care – 01483 517898  (6pm-8am weekdays and 24 hours at weekends)

Domestic Abuse Helpline – 01483 776822  9am-9pm seven days a week

National Contact Numbers

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9- 5pm).